I'd like to say I've been too busy following up on my July Challenge to blog. But that wouldn't be entirely true. (I am glad to say I have actually studied Khmer every day this month - only 10 more days left in the challenge!)
It's exciting and challenging. As I've been letting go of my own expectations and letting God tell me his, he's brought along a lot of different opportunities. I was approached by a local Christian children's home and an NGO program that works with at-risk youth, both of whom wanted to provide education for adolescents on sexual and reproductive health. I've never done this before, but after being here more than a year, I can tell you that it is desperately needed by youth here. Sex is a completely taboo subject, and many girls get married knowing nothing about its mechanics, let alone how you get pregnant. It's an exciting chance to help both boys and girls know more about God's purposes for their lives and how to have healthy relationships.
Another friend here who is expecting a baby soon asked if I could teach her and her pregnant neighbors how to take care of a newborn. Again - newborns were never my forte, especially considering I've never had one myself! But I said yes and started looking for resources.
In other news, we celebrated Andrew's birthday this month with salmon (bought in the big city a few hours away and "imported" in) and carrot cake (my first attempt - made successful only by the gift of cream cheese by a departing expat friend!). It's quite special to have treats like that, that take a bit of planning ahead - there's not a whole lot of spontaneous cooking that happens around here!